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Urban paints "Graffiti U"

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 – Keith Urban is releasing his ninth album, "Graffiti U," on April 27.

Urban also is going to start touring behind the disc in June. The Aussie's last album was "Ripcord," which came out in May 2016.

The track listing is:
Coming Home
Never Comin Down
Same Heart
My Wave
Parallel Line
Drop Top
Way Too Long
Horses
Gemini
Texas Time
Love The Way It Hurts (So Good)
Female
Steal My Thunder

"Coming Home," the first single from the disc, was released March 21. Urban said on his web site that the song "started with an idea I had of using the intro of one of my favorite Haggard songs 'Mama Tried' - to build an entirely new song around it. Then, I took the idea to J.R. Rotem and he put some chords around it. I jotted down the first words that the music made me feel, jumped on a mic and sang the chorus." "Hearing that rolling Haggard guitar lick sparked memories of my childhood - and my dream to come to America." added Keith. "I knew right then the story (of the song) was about the struggles of being in a city where your dreams have brought you, but far from your home - wherever, whomever and whatever that is for each of us."

Urban called Haggard's widow, Theresa, and son Ben. "Keith called Theresa Haggard and Ben Haggard while he was working on the song. "It was important to me to have their blessing- and I'm so grateful that they love the song."

Urban also is launching the Graffiti U tour, starting June 15 in St. Louis.

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Graffiti U CD review - Graffiti U
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Ripcord CD review - Ripcord
Even though Keith Urban's single, "Wasted Time," borrows more than a little sonic sensibility from electronic music, there's still an upfront banjo solo. And this is how it's always been with Urban. He may play the part of the guitar hero at times, and even revealed his eclectic musical knowledge as a judge on American Idol, but Urban will always be a country boy at heart. And boyish good looks and talent have taken this country boy far, too. The wonderfully titled »»»
Fuse CD review - Fuse
Keith Urban will keep his superstar status intact with the lengthy "Fuse." The upbeat, commercial- and fan-friendly music and singing from Urban will ensure that. This is pretty much vintage Urban. That means Urban's not very high on the country quotient. What sounds like a guitar on the rocking Good Thing and the somewhat swampy Red Camaro, for example, is Mike Elizondo's programming. Yes, there's gango (six-stringed banjo with guitar neck) sprinkled in many songs, but »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Turner pleases the traditionalists – Josh Turner is a hard-working citizen, a man of faith and a loyal father and husband. He also happens to be one of the youngest members inducted to the Grand Ole Opry. In short, he is the embodiment of country music's champion of the everyman. This night was special for him. He was celebrating an anniversary with his wife and his 18th with his label MCA.... »»»
Concert Review: Not much really changes for LaFarge – Just one look at the stage made it clear that this was not going to be a typical night with Pokey LaFarge. There were only a few guitars to be seen, which meant that LaFarge was going it alone. "I've been touring for years with a band," LaFarge told perhaps a few hundred people before he had even played a note.... »»»
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